Thesis Statements & Parallelism u The thesis statement is the most important sentence in the introduction. It states the specific topic of the essay. Examples: F Native Americans have made many valuable contributions to modern U.S. culture.
u Sometimes a thesis statement lists the subtopics that will be discussed in the body. Examples: F Native Americans have made many valuable contributions to modern U.S. culture, particularly in the areas of language, art, food, and government.
u A colon (:) is often useful before lists of two, three, or more subtopics in a thesis statement. Examples: F Young people in my culture have less freedom than young people in the United States in three areas: where they live, whom they marry, and what their job is.
uSometimes a thesis statement also indicates the pattern of organization that the essay will follow. Which of the following thesis statements indicates chronological order? Comparison/Contrast?
F There are several differences between a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant.
F My best friend and I spent an entire summer constructing a tree house in my grandmother's old apple tree.